Advancing the Vaccine Law Dialogue

Pre-conference: September 13 Washington, D.C.

The first National Vaccine Law Conference has been convened to address the urgent need for an increased understanding in many sectors of the operations of different aspects of vaccine, vaccination, and immunization law.

If you are interested in serving as a speaker or panelist, please contact Brian Dean Abramson, at

Watch the keynote by Montrece Ransom

Speaking or presenting at the 2022 conference:

  • Brian Dean Abramson, author, Vaccine, Vaccination, & Immunization Law, Adjunct Professor of Vaccine Law, FIU College of Law
  • Michael R. Anderson, MD, Pediatric Critical Care Physician
  • Phyllis Arthur, MBA, Vice President for Infectious Diseases and Diagnostics Policy at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization
  • Alexandra A. BhattiJD, MPH, Director of U.S. Vaccine Policy at Merck & Co. Inc
  • James M. Beck, Senior Life Sciences Policy Analyst, Reed Smith LLP
  • Susan G. Braden, Chief Judge, United States Court of Federal Claims (Ret.), Jurist-in-Residence, Antonin Scalia Law School
  • David A. Campbell, Esq., Partner, Cleveland office of Lewis Brisbois
  • Kathleen A. Curran, Esq., Senior Director of Public Policy, Catholic Health Association of the United States
  • Rahul Das, USPTO Office of Policy and International Affairs
  • Nicholas J. Diamond, Esq., Partner, Jackson Walker
  • Michael Diederich, Esq., attorney and author, “The Ethics of Advocating Against COVID Vaccine Mandates,” NYSBA
  • Ronda B. Esaw, Esq., Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
  • Renée Gentry, Director, George Washington University Law School Vaccine Injury Litigation Clinic
  • Jessica Gunder, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, University of Idaho
  • Sam Halabi, JD, MPhil, Senior Associate Vice-President for Health Policy and Ethics and Professor, Colorado School of Public Health
  • Clint Hermes, Esq., Counsel, Bass, Berry & Sims
  • Denise M. Hill, Associate Professor, Drake University, Chair of Public Administration
  • Richard Hughes IV, JD, MPH, Partner, Epstein Becker & Green; Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Peter Jacobson, Director, Center for Law, Ethics, and Health University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Fazal Khan, Professor of Law, University of Georgia
  • Richard Kingham, Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Daniel A. Kracov,  co-chair of the Life Sciences and Healthcare Regulatory practice, Arnold & Porter
  • Brian J. Malkin, Partner, McDermott Will & Emory
  • Don Mallo, Esq., Senior Partner, Mallo Law Group
  • Lewis Maltby, President, National Workrights Institute
  • Michelle Mello, Professor of Law and Health Policy, Stanford University
  • Peter H. Meyers, Professor Emeritus, George Washington University Law School
  • Andrew Michaels, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center
  • Minna Moezie, USPTO Office of Policy and International Affairs
  • Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
  • Carla Mouta-BellumPartner at Arrigo, Lee, Guttman & Mouta-Bellum, LLP
  • Kirk J. Nahra, Partner, WilmerHale, and adjunct professor at the American University Washington College of Law
  • Dr. René Najera, Senior Epidemiologist, Fairfax County Health Department, and Editor, History of Vaccines project
  • James T. O’Reilly, author, Vaccine Risks, Benefits, and Compensation
  • Wendy Parmet, Director, Northeastern University School of Law Center for Health Policy and Law
  • Roger L. Price, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP (Ret.), and author, When Judaism Meets Science
  • Montrece RansomJD, MPH, Director, National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training for the National Network of Public Health Institutes
  • Dorit Rubinstein Reiss, Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • Kirill Reznik, Member, Maryland House of Delegates
  • Peter O. Safir, Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Daniel Salmon, PhD, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Craig P. Sanders, Attorney specializing in Medical Malpractice Defense, Rainey Kizer
  • Angela K. Shen, ScD, MPH, Visiting Scientist in the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • John R. Thomas, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Stacey Tovino, Professor of Law, The University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Mustafa Umar, Religious Director at the Islamic Center of Irvine, Founder and Former Director of the California Islamic University, and executive member of the Fiqh Council of North America
  • Katharine Van Tassel, Visiting Professor of Law, The Law-Medicine Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Elizabeth Weeks, Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law
  • Richard Wilder, Esq., Associate General Counsel in the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Jonathan F. Will, Director, Bioethics & Health Law Center, Mississippi College of Law
  • Jerry Williamson, physician and Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • John D. Winter, Partner, Patterson Belknap
  • Chizoba Wonodi, Epidemiologist, leader of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Vaccine Access Center’s immunization support efforts in Nigeria
  • Y. Tony Yang, Professor of Health Policy, George Washington University School of Nursing
  • Todd J. Zywicki, Professor of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

View the 2023 Conference Agenda HERE.